PM Narendra Modi thanks Aamir Khan for lauding anti-plastic initiative

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked superstar Aamir Khan for supporting the movement to end single use plastics. The actor also suggested that shopkeepers to provide eco-friendly bags to customers.

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote, "Thank you @aamir_khan for the valuable support to the movement to eliminate usage of single use plastic. Your encouraging words will inspire others to strengthen the movement as well."

Earlier on August 26, Aamir Khan had extended his support to PM Modi's movement, saying, "The initiative by the Hon'ble PM @narendramodi to curb 'single-use plastic' is an effort all of us should strongly support. It's up to each of us to make sure we stop using 'single-use plastic'."

Aamir Khan’s tweet followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly radio address 'Mann Ki Baat', aired on Sunday, where he urged people of the country to start a "new revolution against plastic" from October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

"This year, when we celebrate Bapu's 150th birth anniversary, we shall not only dedicate to him an India that is Open Defecation Free, but shall also lay the foundation of a new revolution against plastic, by people themselves, throughout the country. Let us celebrate Gandhi Jayanti this year as a mark of plastic free Mother India. Let us celebrate October 2 as a special day," PM Modi said.

The PM also urged NGOs and corporates to come up with ideas for safe disposal of accumulated plastic waste before Diwali. PM Modi had spoken of the ending the usage of single-use plastic in his Independence Day speech too.

"This campaign has enthused people ... Many of my merchant brothers and sisters have put up a placard at their establishments, boldly mentioning that customers ought to carry shopping bags with them. This will result in monetary savings as well as one would be able to contribute towards protection of the environment," PM Modi had said.